Government Announces Details Of Canadian Dental Care Plan - Easter Seals Canada

Canadian Dental Care Plan

February 9, 2024 – In December 2023, the federal government introduced the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP), a federally delivered public plan to help ease financial barriers to accessing oral health care for uninsured Canadian residents with an adjusted family net income of less than $90,000.

According to a survey in 2022, one third of people living in Canada do not have dental insurance, and one in four Canadians avoid visiting an oral health professional because of the cost. Many Canadians with disabilities fall into these categories and will benefit from the CDCP. In addition, persons with disabilities often experience a greater burden of oral disease and complex or higher oral needs. This is due to a range of factors such as comorbidity issues (e.g., cardiac abnormalities), oral health complications such as limited mouth opening, difficulties communicating about needs or symptoms, and experiencing difficulties with brushing their teeth or flossing.

The CDCP covers several oral health care services that can help improve the oral health outcomes of persons with disabilities.

Important notes:
• Eligible individuals must apply for the CDCP – coverage is not automatic.

• The CDCP is being rolled out using a phased approach over several months, starting with seniors. Persons with disabilities ages 18-64 will be eligible to apply beginning in June 2024.

• Persons with a disability MUST have valid Disability Tax Credit certificate in order to apply for the CDCP.

• Those covered under the CDCP will be reassessed annually to confirm they still meet the eligibility criteria.

More information, including eligibility and how to apply, is available at: Canadian Dental Care Plan

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